Premier League week seven round-up: Taylor battles back to draw with van Gerwen in Glasgow

Premier League Darts

Phil Taylor produced an incredible comeback from 5-1 down to claim a share of the spoils against Michael van Gerwen last night.

The Premier League’s top two went head-to-head at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow for week seven of the tournament, with the duo in good form having won their last five Premier League games.

MVG made the most of four missed doubles from Taylor to win the opening leg, and after the Power levelled with a 114 checkout it was the Dutchman who took the next four legs to establish a commanding 5-1 lead.

There would be a further twist in the tale though as van Gerwen missed a dart at tops to go 6-1 up and Taylor stepped in to win the first of three successive legs, which included a 120 finish in leg nine.

With the Power sat on 64, MVG took out a roof-raising 170 checkout to go 6-4 in front, but Taylor once again fought back.

Van Gerwen missed three darts at double 18 to win the match 7-4 as the Power hit double four to force a final leg, which the 16-time world champion won on double 13.

“I gave a point away today,” van Gerwen said. “I was the better player but I missed darts for the match and I can only blame myself, because I wasn’t focused enough for some reason.”

“I’m loving every minute of it at the moment,” Taylor said. “We’ll have a lot more battles.”

Gary Anderson enjoyed a memorable return to Glasgow as he picked up four points to climb into the Premier League play-offs.

The Flying Scotsman took on Adrian Lewis and Peter Wright and extended his winning streak to five matches, and now finds himself in the top four for the first time this season.

Anderson took four of the last five legs to beat fellow Scot Wright in the final match of the night, as the defending champion came back from 4-3 down to win 7-5.

The opening two legs went against the throw before the next break came in leg seven, as Wright took out 60 to go 4-3 ahead.

But Anderson broke straight away, finishing off a 12 dart leg with an 81 checkout. Both players then had chances to break their opponent’s throw over the next two legs, but heading into the final two legs they were locked at 5-5.

Anderson checked out 100 with two double tops to go 6-5 up and then missed three darts to win 7-5 in the next leg, only for Wright to also miss three at double four, and the Flying Scotsman stepped back in to claim the victory.

In the first game of the night, Anderson saw off a below par Lewis 7-4, with those two wins moving him up to fourth place heading into week eight in Liverpool next Thursday.

“I would have been happy just to pick up two points from the two games tonight so four’s a bonus,” Anderson said. “I played well and that’s what you want to do in front of your home crowd.”

James Wade defeated an improved Robert Thornton 7-4 to keep hold of his place in the Premier League play-offs at the end of week seven.

The Machine took out 124 in the opening leg but Thornton fought back as the pair traded legs to 3-3.

Wade then held his throw with a 71 checkout before hitting double 10 in the eighth leg to gain a crucial break of throw at 5-3 up.

The 2009 Premier League winner landed double nine to secure a point in the next leg, and despite a 95 checkout on the bull from Thornton in leg 10, the Machine hit tops to secure a 7-4 win.

“It was a good win but Robert didn’t get going and I made the most of my opportunities early on,” Wade said.

Raymond van Barneveld eased his fears of elimination on Judgement Night in two weeks after beating Dave Chisnall 7-4 last night.

Barney had lost his lost his last three Premier League games to slip perilously close to the bottom two, but continued his excellent record in Glasgow by beating Chisnall, who only remains out of the bottom two on legs difference.

It was a back and forth clash between seventh and eighth in the Premier League table, as Barney went 2-0 up before Chizzy took the next leg three legs to 3-2 in front.

However, the 2014 Premier League champion reeled off four consecutive legs to storm into a 6-3 lead and then wrapped up the victory with a 152 finish in leg 11.

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